WILMINGTON — New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) marked the completion of a two-year renovation to its main campus Emergency Department on Tuesday during a dedication ceremony for staff and employees.
“Our expansion and renovation offers patients more privacy, comfort and efficiency than ever before,” Christy Spivey, NHRMC administrator of emergency services, said. “In our mission of leading our community to outstanding health, this expansion demonstrates our commitment to providing the excellent emergency care the people of our region deserve.”
At the dedication, Spivey thanked outgoing medical director Dr. Bryan Durham for his many years of service and leadership in the department, and welcomed Dr. De B. Winter III as the incoming medical director.
In May 2015, NHRMC began the expansion and renovation of its main campus emergency department to serve the community’s growing needs. As the busiest emergency department in southeastern North Carolina, the project doubled the department’s size and gives providers the capacity to care for more than 104,000 patients a year.
The expanded emergency department now offers 106 patient spaces to treat patients. At the beginning of the project, the department offered 54 patient spaces.
A larger reception area features access to televisions, WiFi, and a separate children’s area. It also includes a new Patient Assistance Center to help direct patients to community resources and support groups that can assist them once they leave the hospital.
In addition, hospital police are be stationed in the reception area at all hours for a secure environment.
The expansion began in May 2015. The total cost of the project, including construction, equipment, furniture and permitting, was $24.7 million.